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“Hair Loss Survey” of India conducted by Dr Bhatti’s Center, Chandigarh, India

The Demographics of Male Pattern Baldness in India

Author- Dr Tejinder Bhatti, MCh

Summary:

Male pattern baldness is an ever-growing affliction today and affects men from the age group of 16-65

The last decade has seen a increase in the number of patients suffering from male pattern baldness (MPB) in the Indian scenario. Many studies have been carried out in the western populations regarding MPB. However, this is the only pilot study of its kind in India.

50,000 male patients were randomly selected through e-mail contact groups and mailers were send.

Of the 50,000 mailers sent, 36,788 responses were obtained and were collated and studied.

The study brings out the results of this landmark study in the subcontinent.

Introduction:

MPB is an ever increasing and distressing affliction in male populations the world over today.

In a study carried out in the USA, 56.6% males surveyed had Type I-VII MPB. The present study carried out in India through e-mail mailers covered a diverse socioeconomic group from all corners of the country. The age ranged from 21-61 years (mean 46 years) and all respondents were healthy males engaged in heterogenous professions.

Conclusions:

The striking results of the study are brought out as under-

    1. 63.2% Indian males in the age group 21-61 years suffered from MPB. This is more than the US figure of 56.6%.
    2. The severity of MPB was- Type I- 32.7%; Type II- 18.1%; Type III- 22.0%; Type IV- 16.2%; Type V- 8.6%; Type VII- 2.4%
    3. The age distribution of respondents was- 21-31 years: 46%; 32-41 years: 35%; 42-51 years: 10%; 52- 61 years: 9%

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